And the magnolia is of course from the state’s nickname, the “Magnolia State”. It keeps the sandy background reminiscent of Navajo sand paintings, with the rainbow symbolizing Navajo sovereignty. As with the previous symbols, the bear represents strength and bravery, while the crescent moon is for newness and potential for growth. It does not need to be changed. (Vermont literally means “green mountain”, and its official nickname is the “Green Mountain State”.) Would a more unified approach to flag design encourage a more unified politic? 818 x 675 jpeg 110kB. Alabama’s flag really isn’t that bad—but it’s not distinctive at all. The lines demarcating the mountains are in gray and yellow, alluding to the silver and gold while making a hidden “M” for Montana. Taylor (Tsoodził, blue), San Francisco Peak (Dook’o’oosłííd, yellow), and Hesperus Mountain (Dibé Ntsaa, black). My solution combines one of the historical flags with the current flag: the blue field makes the anchor much clearer, the banner is removed, and the yellow border has been strengthened. My design uses the unofficial state colors of blue and gold. The sun’s twelve rays are meant to be evocative of a clock, continuing the midnight theme. The eight wavy stripes, from left to right, are the official colors of the major islands of the state in order from west to east (Ni’ihau, Kaua’i, O’ahu, Moloka’i, Lāna’i, Kaho’olawe, Maui, and the big island Hawai’i). At least the Massachusetts’ flag isn’t the state seal on a blue field: it’s the state seal on a white field. The flags and seals of the 50 states vary greatly in quality and style, lacking both cohesion and a semblance of stylistic standards. The four sacred mountains surrounding the land, in their traditional colors, are Blanca Peak (Tsisnaasjiní, white), Mt. Blue field. I wanted to share this project I've been working on in my free time. I’m not the first to point out that Wyoming already has a pretty good flag, except for the overly-complex seal. It’s vivid, and it can be recognized at a distance. My redesign takes elements from the state nicknames “Big Sky Country” and the “Treasure State”, and also makes reference to the motto “Oro y Plata”, Spanish for “Gold and Silver”. My redesign is far less complicated. Thank you for signing up to Creative Bloq. The result is distinctive and could be easily recognized from afar. New Mexico has a frankly gorgeous flag—I think it’s the best in the Union. It became known as the “Keystone State” due to its central location and importance. North Carolina has an interesting flag, designed by a Confederate veteran after the war, to replace the flag flown during the Civil War. November 2019. Ranier, or “Tahoma” in the native Lushootseed languages. We are fifty states who have come together to form a supernational federation. What do you think of these flag designs? Gallery: 25 ideas for a new NJ state flag. I have to confess that I find the Maryland flag ugly as sin. However I replaced the seal with a sun symbol, that is based on the logo used by the city for its official publications. I’ve also made its points needle-sharp, referencing another famous landmark, the Space Needle. Examining the state flags and ranking them based on design and how well they represent their states. The most prominent symbol, the snow-capped peak, references Nevada's name in Spanish ("snowy," referring to the Sierra Nevada). Washington State flag redesign by Luismanuel1995. The makers of the seal wanted the commonwealth to have a seal that harkened back to the Roman Republic. I approached this by putting the white cottonball shape on a black triangle: white for the cotton, but black to remember the hundreds of thousands of African Americans that Alabama enslaved. To this I added a bundle of five white arrows, from New Hampshire’s original state seal. The criteria I am using are as follows: That’s what this page is about. That’s what this page is about. South Carolina wants to freshen up its state flag, but not everyone is crazy about the proposed redesign. Well, they finally got rid of the horrible slavers’s flag. I was inspired by the redesign of the world flags by u/EleanorCatherine, and wanted to do the US state flags. It is known as the “Gem State”, and is one of the only places on earth where one can find star garnets—the state gemstone. The red is for Colorado’s earth, the yellow for its minerals, the green for the plains in the east, and the blue for its waters. Louisiana is unique among U.S. states in that it has a much more of a French connection. However I rearranged the mountains to put east on top, as is traditional in Navajo custom. © “Simplicity,” Mississippi vexillologist Clay Moss told the commission, is the first rule of flag design. Montana has another boring state-seal-on-blue-field motif, but with helpful text to help you remember what state you’re in. But the eight shields represent the eight Lords Proprietor, who together funded the colony. Actually, my design shown here was a bit of a gimme. Presto: perfectly good flag, representing Wyoming’s history as a plains state. Oh look—it’s a state seal on a blue field. A law firm representing the The Satanic Temple has threatened to sue the state of Mississippi if the the state places "In God We Trust" on their state flag. The yellow star alludes to Minnesota’s nickname of “The Star of the North”, that you can see in French on the current flag. I’m really not sure what Seattle’s flag is supposed to be. Virginia’s flag at least has some history behind it. They’re not horribly recognizable, and they seem a convenient way of ignoring a country’s past. You can't get much more English than the family crests of Lord Baltimore's Calvert and Crossland families, coats of arms which were granted to them by an English king. I’m not happy with the red and white pieces of this flag being used by Maryland secessionists during the Civil War...but at least it’s not the Confederate Battle Flag. The red is for valor, the blue for justice, and the white for purity. South Carolinians Mock Redesigned Palmetto Tree on Proposed State Flag A proposed new look for the beloved state tree has drawn complaints that … New York: state coat of arms on a blue field. It’s a clean and uncomplicated design that reflects the state well. The saltire is from the flag of the isle of Jersey, the flag of which is a red saltire on white. The “The New Magnolia" flag will go before voters in November for approval. Colorado has a flag that lots of people have rated highly. So I took that and ran with it. The goal was to come up with a standard design for the South Carolina state flag, one that residents could rally around, fly from their porches or proudly display on T-shirts, mugs and hats. Hence, a design that combines the new and old that live side-by-side in Florida. Cities usually have better flags than states, but a couple of them still need some work... Ashland is a lovely little community in southern Oregon (where I lived briefly), best known for its annual Shakespeare festival. And the orange brings in the Dutch influence, when it was New Amersterdam. The design in the center is a kahili (a symbol of Hawai’ian royalty) crossed with a pair of paddles. It looks to all the world like a palm tree and a crescent moon. My rework combines the state colors of yellow and black with the bee motif used by the Mormon settlers, representing industry, hard work, and community. For my redesign, I wanted to incorporate both Colorado’s mountains, and its name, meaning “colored” or “colorful”. A well-designed flag can be a wonderful symbol of pride for a city, country, or state—or a memorable symbol of something nefarious. The blue stripes on either side represent Puget Sound and Lake Washington, which border Seattle to the west and east. For my design, I took the idea of the “Land of the Midnight Sun”, with a yellow on a black field. Bad design. The pine tree has long been a symbol of New England, and is still on Massachusetts’ naval flag. The flag is mostly blue for the sky, with the purple mountains that give Montana its name. And of course the dramatic masks are for the festival that makes this small town known up and down the Pacific coast. Across the second half of the 20th century, many states redesigned their flags to omit or minimize these symbols, although several states, such as Alabama, Arkansas, and Florida, still have subtle references, such as the red St. Andrew's Cross (saltire). The new batch of flags have a sleeker, more minimalist approach to its predecessors, with a consistent red, white and blue colour scheme. It’s still overly complicated and not very recognizable, and the lettering has to go. Still, I don’t think it represents the modern state very well. Long time lurker, first time poster here. (Computer Arts) 07 November 2013. It comes from the coat of arms of the North Carolina Senate, but it makes such an excellent flag that I had to do it here. Well, at least this one isn’t that state seal on blue? My variant keeps the blue field but adds a lighter wave motif, for the waters of the Puget Sound and the port that is Tacoma’s lifeline. I’ll take it. To the best of my knowledge, it has no current flag! This would be a distinctive flag, far more recognizable at a distance than what the current one is. They’re an interesting mix of history and graphic design. Florida: state seal on red saltire. It looks too much like a sports logo. (There are, after all, a couple good ones. My redesign starts with an emerald field, and was influenced to some degree by Japanese city and prefecture flags, showcasing Seattle’s location on the Pacific Rim. To this flag I’ve added a fourteenth star to the deliberately irregular constellation, representing Vermont’s position as the fourteenth state. It clashes and it’s way too busy for me. The saltire possibly harkens back to Spanish days, and possibly it’s another attempt to sneak in that old Confederate Battle Flag. The beehive is taken from the current flag, but enlarged and stylized. I like it. Ick. The broad blue stripe is for the mighty Mississippi River itself. There was a problem. But it’s overly complicated, the lettering has to go, and Seattle is better known as the “Emerald City”, not the “City of Goodwill”. I added more colors than usually go in a flag, for the colorful motif, forming some kite shapes (representing the mountains) into a sort of compass rose. This redesigned flag for Nevada by John Karp attracted considerable local attention and won two public contests in 2001. Easily confused with Alabama, but made worse by the seal. And the dagger through the crown keeps the old theme of Virginia’s opposition to tyrants and monarchs. They also represent the white winters and green summers of the state.. Michigan has a complex coat of arms that includes a deer, a bear, an eagle, a man with a rifle waving while standing on a beach, and two Latin inscriptions. Let’s face it, most US state flags are ugly. Most are just seals on a blue field (nicknamed seals on a bed sheet). Green represents the state's lush forests. However, by my criteria for flags, it does a great job. Not a surprise, we have here another state seal on a blue field. (Admittedly, Texans can be a little obnoxious about it...but that’s another issue altogether.) Vermont’s another state-seal-on-blue-field job. Redesigning the usa tim ritz graphic redesigned state flags bring america narrows choices for mississippi flag side united we stand Could These Redesigned State Flags Bring America Together WiredEd Mitc Gives 50 Us State Flags A Unified RedesignSide United We Stand BresslergroupSide United We Stand Updated BresslergroupCould These Redesigned State Flags Bring America … It's a beautiful flag, but IMO putting an English nobleman's symbols of heraldry on a state flag isn't cool either. The topic that seems to be on the today list of all vexillologists and vexillographers is the redesign of the state flags of the United States. From the above criteria, South Carolina actually has a decent flag that I’m not going to touch. Washington’s real flag has been sarcastically referred to as a ”giant dollar bill that someone ran up a flag pole”. But it’s a fun exercise, nevertheless. While I am not Navajo myself, I have extended family that is. BA1 1UA. All I did here was to remove the seal and standardize the size a little bit. Surprising but true. My redesign of their flag is essentially a simplification of the current flag, to better follow vexililogical principles. It’s an attempt to redesign a lot of flags of the world: especially US state flags, that are so often just a state seal thrown up on a blue seal. I hope they come up with something good, but they’ve already decreed that whatever they choose, it will be marred by the words “In God We Trust”. All rights reserved. It’s actually based on the coat of arms of the Washington family (as is the flag of Washington D.C.), honoring one of our Founding Fathers and a man who voluntarily chose to step down from power. In my suggestion, the green and brown stripes are for the natural environment: green for forest, and brown for mountains. It is the worst kept secret that most of the state flags of the USA are not good flags. Florida’s very name means “flowery”, so I’ve completed the design with orange blossoms, Florida’s state flower and another agricultural symbol. Here is a distinctive state flag that would be easily recongizable. My design takes brown and orange to represent the state’s soil and agriculture, and adds in three stylized sunflowers to represent its people, always looking toward brightness. Please deactivate your ad blocker in order to see our subscription offer. By reversing the colors and adding the fusils and crosses pattée, we have a perfectly good flag for New Jersey that recognizes its founding. Tacoma’s where I live now, and the current flag is another seal on a blue field. Another state seal on blue. Referring to the current state flags, he says: "I was bothered by how discordant they are as a group, and I wasn’t surprised to learn they break just about every rule of flag design. As has been brought to my attention, these 'flags' are not really 'correct' in t I really don’t like flags that incorporate a country’s outline. Missouri’s flags is one of those frustrating flags that, although it’s overcomplicated and awful, actually contains a good flag within it. Arkansas’s flag, with its red field and white stars on blue lines, is another blatant attempt to sneak in Confederate symbolism. There’s so much irony here, that I find it hysterical.). My family has a history living on the Navajo Reservation. 25 redesigned New Jersey state flags. My design is simple, and takes the “Cornhusker State” nickname to its logical conclusion. Minnesota’s flag is complicated, unrecognizable, and just plain awful. And still another state seal on blue (but with helpful lettering). Utah’s real flag is another of those state-seal-on-blue-field jobs. Seeing a parallel in his country's fractured political system, especially in the light of the recent government shutdown, he embarked on a project to redesign the state flags along more unified lines - "as a tribute to the collective creativity that brought us this far - and, truth be told, to the “united-ness” I hope we adopt in the future". But Ed Mitchell has decided to redesign all 50 U.S. state flags. It’s old too—it dates from 1845. Look closely at the coat of arms. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. My design highlights this, with a basic fleur-de-lis pattern. mitchell embarked on a project to redesign all fifty state flags, paying homage to the collective spirit that has led the united states forward throughout history. Designer Ed Mitchell gives America's state flags a more unified look. Please refresh the page and try again. The group pored through thousands of designs in 2020 before landing on … Our flags should represent that. Even so, it has too many words on it to be a decent flag. I’ve done it in blue and orange: blue for the Florida waters (longest coastline among US states! The crescent and palmetto aren’t too complicated, and they can be recognized from afar. Laissez les bon temps rouler! 1284 x 1200 png 293kB. Its simple design has historical meaning: the colors are borrowed from the Spanish flag, and the native design alludes to New Mexico’s strong native community. My variant is very similar to the traditional “Green Mountain Boys Flag” of the short-lived Republic of Vermont. My design for Cyprus combines the Greek blue representing the West, and the Turkish red representing the East. Most American citizens will be familiar with their state flag, which adorn on the walls of city halls, state buildings and elsewhere. Unfortunately, a lot of flags are not well designed—especially state flags. When you look at them all together, there’s no indication they come from the same nation.". White represents the eternal blanket of clouds that cover the state. Thus, I’ve replaced these with the state colors of orange and white, and made the overall symbols a little larger and bolder. It incorporates William Penn’s coat of arms—three white plates on a black fess—into an archway. It’s bold and recognizable, and showcases Texas’s history. It’s also meant to evoke a compass rose. And the six-pointed star recalls an emerald, which has a natural hexagonal lattice. New York has such a rich history that it deserves more. Texas has another good flag, that is perfectly fine the way it is. Learn more, By My redesign combines two symbols. Future Publishing Limited Quay House, The Ambury, My first redesign for a Pennsylvania flag features a banner of the arms of William Penn, who was the state's namesake, receiving a large royal grant of land for a colony in 1661, which became one of the USA's founding 13 states. San José (Yes, I like putting the accent over the e.) is the city where I grew up. The twenty-five smaller stars represent Arkansas’s position as the twenty-fifth state. Hence this version of the flag, with the brown triangles representing the mountains and the starred red gemstone in the center. However it still has writing, and the yellow-on-white scheme makes it very hard to identify from a distance. The center of the arch is, of course, the keystone in state colors. My redesign keeps the diamond, and the three large stars representing Arkansas’s past as part of Spain, France, and the United States. The green and light blue background symbolizes the state’s position on the southern coast, with its important wetlands. Four diagonal lines (in a skewed diagonal hash sign) run around the center. Instead, I went with a water theme. I redesigned (most of) the US state flags. 25 ideas for a new NJ state flag. The state motto “Sic Semper Tyrannis” (“Thus Always to Tyrants”) reflects this. However, I’ve replaced the red with the same green from the real flag to give it a Pacific Northwest flare. Update: I was looking through a catalog of face masks last night and there were a few that were of flags. As of right now, the State of Mississippi is the only U.S. State with no flag. Unfortunately, a lot of flags are not well designed—especially state flags. The white between them represents peace between the peoples. Since I’m an American, I have very little hope of any of these designs seeing the light of day. If the flag is already good, I won’t hesitate to say so. New Jersey was founded by George Carteret (whose arms were white fusils on red) and John Berkeley (whose arms were white crosses pattée on red with a white chevron). (I can’t take credit for this idea, though—this image does borrow from other people’s ideas for the flag.). The best power banks deals: Anker, Maxoak and RAVPower devices at low prices, The North Face in hot water over logo design dispute, New Warner Bros logo is not what we were expecting, Premiere Pro tutorials: Master the top video editing software, Pfizer tries to inject some life into its logo (but does it succeed?

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